From Grief to Gratitude Coaching Program

Grief is the Journey . . . Gratitude is the Destination


The following changes to the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program are effective April 1, 2020:

  • Program now awards 22 International Coach Federation (ICF) Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours upon successful completion.
  • Program is now eight (8) weeks in duration.
  • Program content now covers Grief in the Workplace.

Help Yourself   ▪  Help Others   ▪  Make a Difference

Registration Now Open for Summer Class Beginning on June 30, 2020

Why From Grief to Gratitude . . .

Become a Certified Grief Coach in a unique system that provides movement through the grieving process and takes clients to a life of fulfillment, purpose, and gratitude. Tap into a global market of millions who are affected by loss each year. Expand your impact by coaching clients from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude.  

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program

is Accredited by the

International Coach Federation (ICF)

My Promise to You . . .

As a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach, you will have the knowledge, skills, resources, and confidence to coach clients through the transformative process of handling the painful emotions of losing a loved one, getting on top of their grief, and moving forward in life with meaning and purpose in the shortest time possible.

-- Broaden your program offerings to serve a unique and underserved market

-- Reduce program interruption and client dropout rate

-- Identify and process any personal unresolved grief

-- Achieve emotional and financial rewards while reaching a global audience

-- Promote your expert status with a proven 5-step recipe that gets life-changing results

-- Practical tools and techniques that you can use with your clients immediately

-- Increase client retention and referrals by being the go-to grief coach in your community

-- Tap into a niche market with unlimited prospects

-- Enhance your coaching skills utilizing the International Coach Federation's (ICF) core coaching competencies

-- Associate with a proven, successful, and well-recognized brand

To make sure that becoming a Certified From Grief to Gratitude Coach is a good fit for you, we have a pre-enrollment application process. Click on the button below.


What Your Program Includes . . .

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is supported on a state-of-the-art online program platform where you have 24/7 private access. Your certification program includes:

-- Flexibility in scheduling and no travel required

-- Live interactive training calls for each program module

-- Recordings of training calls available for playback

-- Tools and resources to assist you when coaching clients

-- Intern-While-You-Learn Program where you work with a pro-bono client during training

Please understand that the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is not based on a theological, philosophical, or conceptual framework for healing or fixing grief. It has been developed from and infers a personalized compassionate, heart-centered approach to empathetically journey with clients through their unique grieving process. The From Grief to Gratitude Program does not imply, offer, or provide professional counseling or therapy.

See Questions and Answers below for more information.

Certification Program Overview

There is great satisfaction as a coach to get real results for your clients. The unique inclusion of a life coaching element takes your client not only through the grieving process, but extends through embracing a life of joy, fulfillment, and gratitude. Coaching clients from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude will never go unappreciated.

The 8-week From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program has eight live interactive training modules where we focus on program-specific content and methodology, International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies, and coaching activities and assignments. Here is a look at the modules:

Module 1 - Foundations of Coaching Someone through Grief

This orientation module focuses on the prerequisites for successfully coaching your clients, understanding the ICF core competencies, the program format, delivery, expectations, and requirements for certification.

Module 2 – Giving Clients Permission to Grieve

You will have the knowledge, skills and resources to coach clients through the grieving process and help them understand and acknowledge their emotions. Here is part of what we will cover:

-- Recognizing the many faces of grief

-- Knowing the myths and avoiding the pitfalls

-- Validating the uniqueness of the grief experience

Module 3 – Supporting Clients to Remember to Honor the Life and Legacy

This is where you will help your clients to accept the death and begin the transition from focusing on the death to remembering and honoring the life. Some of the highlights are:

-- Confronting the reality of the death

-- Creating rituals for remembrance

-- Getting through the first year of grief

-- Integrating loss into life

Module 4 – Guiding Clients to Incorporate New Traditions into Old Traditions

You will be able to coach your clients through creating renewed attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives resulting in transformative awareness and actions. Key elements include:

-- Recognizing the "F" Factor: Fear, Forgiveness, and Faith

-- Creating new routines and activities

-- Taking responsibility for a renewed life

-- Completing the Wheel of Life Project

Module 5 – Encouraging Clients to Embrace Meaning and Purpose Going Forward

Here you will encourage and support clients to embrace a renewed purpose as they complete assignments focusing on “what’s next” activities. Here are a few of the activities you will help them create:

-- The P.E.T. Project

-- The Create Your Legacy Project

-- The Future You Project

Module 6 – Championing Clients to Find Gratitude in the Gift of Now

Your clients are now ready to forge ahead and you will proficiently coach them through developing the blueprint for a successful journey to a place of fulfillment, happiness, and gratitude. A few highlights are:

-- Giving yourself permission to move beyond grief

-- Saying Yes! to it all

-- The Personal Power Plan Project

-- Evaluating your support system

Module 7 - Understanding the Impact of Grief in the Workplace (content only)*

Understand how the normal, although challenging, impacts of grief affect the workplace. Become aware of the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual grief-related emotions affect job performance, morale, and loss of grief-related company revenue.  

Module 8 - Providing Support for the Grieving Employee and Balancing Productivity (content only)*

Understand the significance of loss and how to reduce the impact on productivity. Learn the benefits and tools to ensure a compassionate, grief-informed, and grief-friendly workplace culture.  

*The content-only modules on Workplace Grief do not license and authorize you to present the From Grief to Gratitude Workplace Grief Workshop. This is an optional certification program.

The Intern-While-You-Learn Program gives you the opportunity to build your confidence and competence while working with a pro-bono coaching client.


Being part of the From Grief to Gratitude Community means being part of a professional group of passionate, empowering, and successful team members  Complete a pre-enrollment application.  If selected, you will be contacted to schedule a pre-enrollment interview, where we'll see if the program is the right fit for you.  I would be honored to have you join our team!  

Dora Carpenter, Founder and Program Director

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program

Read testimonials from our program graduates here.

Question: Is this program only for coaches?

Answer: Although coaches benefit by adding this expertise to their current service offerings and can use these 18 ICF Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units towards their ICF credential renewal requirements, the program is open to educators, health care professionals, death care professionals, clergy and lay persons, and anyone who wants to answer the compassionate call and help those grieving the loss of loved ones. Maybe you might have some personal unresolved grief that hasn’t been addressed. How would it feel to finally work through these blocks, and then be fully tuned in and present to help others? Becoming a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach offers emotional and financial rewards, and your services will never go unappreciated.

Question: Do you offer payment plans for the program cost?

Answer: Yes, we do offer payment options as we want to make sure that you are able to comfortably make this investment in your future. The program can be paid in full at $1,497.00 or two (2) payments of $748.50 each. ICF-credentialed coaches receive a $200 discount. If your organization is interested in offering this program to a group, please contact us to receive more information.

Question: Can I complete the program online or do I have to physically attend classes?

Answer: This is a distance learning program and can be completed wherever you have access to the internet as weekly class sessions are conducted online. Your Intern-While-You-Learn sessions with your pro-bono client can be conducted via telephone, online, or in person.

Question: What is the class schedule and time commitment?

Answer: You should be able to commit at least three hours weekly for the 8-week period to successfully complete the program. The online class meets weekly for two hours on Tuesdays. Choose the morning class (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST) or the evening class (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST). In addition to your class, you are required to work with a pro-bono client for five (5) hours. 

Question: Will my class materials be provided in hard copy or digital?

Answer: All class materials are in digital format and are delivered via your online coaching portal and/or via email.

Question: Will I receive a certificate upon completion of the program?

Answer: Yes. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, you will receive a certificate documenting completion of the program and 22 International Coach Federation Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours in the areas of Core Competencies (10 hours) and Resource Development (12 hours).